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The SRJC Women's Swim and Dive Team enter the 2012 season with high expectations after winning four California Community College State Titles in the last eight years. The Cubs 2012 squad is led by returning All Americans Jessica Crawford from Brentwood and Becky Bennigson from Benicia; both of whom were major contributors to SRJC's top three finish at the State Championships last season. Key incoming freshmen include Alexandria Holland, Codie Cox and Meghan O'Rourke from Santa Rosa, as well as Kayla Strand form Chico. In the past eight seasons, the Bear Cub women have broken 30 school records, produced 22 state champions, 13 national champions, and set four new CA Community College state records during those years. Head Coach Jill McCormick was also named California Community College Coach of the Year in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, and 2004. Recently, between our men’s and women’s swim teams, we have had over 40 swimmers and divers transfer on scholarship to the four-year level, 21 of which have been to Division I schools. The SRJC Swim and Dive Team has been in existence over 30 years including numerous state champions and team titles. We compete for the California Community Colleges Athletic Association. We belong to the Big Eight Conference, arguably one of the strongDiveest conferences in the state, giving us a great slate of dual meets, rivalries, and a very fast Conference Championship Meet. We have a strong women's program that consistently attracts swimmers and divers at the national level as well as athletes willing to improve to that level. During our recent seasons we have won three conference titles, including many All American and All Academic student- athletes. Coach McCormick recruits athletes who not only demonstrate a high level of teamwork, focus, and discipline in the pool and in the classroom, but who also like to have fun with their team and enjoy competition.

Coach McCormick

Head Coach
Jill McCormick
(707) 527-4369

  • M.A. in Athletes and Academic Achievement, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • CA Teaching Credential, University of California, Davis, 1994
  • B.A. in English, University of California, Davis, 1993
  • A.A. in General Studies, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1991
  • 2009 CA Community College Coach of the Year and Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2008 CA Community College Coach of the Year and Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2007 CA Community College Coach of the Year and Big Seven Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2005 CA Community College Coach of the Year
  • 2004 CA Community College Coach of the Year and Bay Valley Conference Coach of the Year
  • Santa Rosa Junior College Swim & Dive and Women's Water Polo, Head Coach- Since 2000
  • Piner High School Swim & Dive Team, Head Coach - 6 years
  • UC Davis Women's Swim Team, Sprint Coach - 1 year
  • Santa Rosa Neptunes, Senior Age Group Coach - 5 years
  • North Bay Water Polo, Coach - Since 2003
  • Redwood Empire Water Polo, Coach - 2 years

In her recent career here, McCormick has produced over 40 conference and state champions, over 80 All Americans, and over 60 All-Academic student athletes. McCormick swam locally in Santa Rosa for the Santa Rosa Neptunes, Montgomery High School, and for Santa Rosa Junior College where she was a two-time All-American in the backstroke and relay events. She continued her collegiate swimming at UC Davis and still swims today for Santa Rosa Masters. In 2007 she competed in the FINA Masters Nationals and placed 4th in all three of the backstroke events and ranked in the top eight in several other sprint events.

Coach Denize

Head Assistant Swim Coach
Tyler Denize

Denize enters his fifth season as Head Assistant Swim Coach for the Bear Cubs. He has also been the head club coach for Woodlands Swim Team in Walnut Creek for three years, and has coached high school swimming for four years. He is also currently SRJC's Head Men's Water Polo Coach. Denize was an All American community college swimmer and water polo player for Diablo Valley.

Coach Irwin

Head Dive Coach

Nolan Irwin

Irwin enters his third season as a diving coach for the Bear Cub divers after competing for SRJC in 2004 and 2006. While at SRJC Irwin was an All American on both boards, a regional champion, a conference champion, and the conference male diver of the year in 2006. Irwin is also the head coach for Santa Rosa Diving's club team.

Coach Lund

Assistant Swim, Dryland & Strength Training Coach

Cassandra Lund

Lund begins her second season with the Bear Cubs as an assistant swim, dryland & strength training coach.  She graduated from Loma Linda University in 1995 with an A.S. in Physical Therapy. In 1996, Lund received a Physical Therapist Assistant License. Since 1999 she has been training athletes of all ages. In 2000 she was certified through ACSM as a Health/Fitness Specialist. Lund has developed triathlons for children and personal/group fitness for health/weight loss clinics. In her career she has been a swim instructor for 18 years. Since 2009 she has been an Assistant Swim Coach/Strength Coach for Neptune Swimming and is presently developing strength programs for the Swim/Dive teams at SRJC. Lund is currently pursuing B.S. in Sports Management: Health and Wellness.

Coach Mitch McSsweeney

Assistant Swim Coach

Mitch McSweeney

McSweeney begins his first season as an assistant for the Bear Cubs. He is a loyal alumn of the SRJC Varsity Men’s Swimming teams.  He was a freestyler for the Cubs in 2010-2011.



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